Missing: Called Strikes and a Slider
Briefly (because if I don’t get out of the house before tonight’s game starts I will be forced to watch it start to finish- and at this point I’m not willing to take that risk), here’s what set Jesse Carlson off last night. I’ve numbered the calls that were made for the last batter he faced. The first is pretty bad (although on the corner). The third is also a pitch that’s usually called a strike because the zone swells at the belt:
Marcum on the other hand, got what he deserved:
What I (and I think Rance) really want to know is what happened to B.J. Ryan’s slider. He got the first out of the inning with it, and then threw 17 sliders and 2 sliders over the rest of his implosion in the 9th. Boggs actually hit one that was pretty well located on the outer third- but it was belt high, 87.6 mph, and the fifth straight fastball he’d seen. In a 1-2 count? Huh??
At least Murphy got a slider (that just missed) before he won the game for Texas, but in shades of Ryan’s last blown save against New York, B.J. then left a fastball belt high and over the plate in yet another 1-2 count. Either it was supposed to be somewhere else as a set-up pitch, the Beej has heard Rance hype his ability to “go right after” hitters a little too much, or the 11 million dollar man’s arm is hurting. But hey, how about that Brandon League!